ASP Launches Director's Speaker Series for 2017

The Asian Studies Program invites all students, faculty, and staff to attend our 2016-2017 Director's Speaker Series moderated by ASP Director Dr. Victor Cha. From journalists and ambassadors to noted scholars in the field, the speakers will share their knowledge and insight, discussing today's most critical issues in East, South, and Southeast Asia. Read the biographies below to learn more about our guests for the Spring 2017 semester. Fall 2016 speakers can be viewed here.

Dr. Patricia MacLachlan

Friday, January 27
12:30 P.M. - 2:00 P.M.
ICC 302-P

Patricia Maclachlan has taught at the University of Texas at Austin since 1997. Currently, she is an Associate Professor of Government and Asian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She received her Ph.D in political science and Japan studies in 1996 from Columbia University and spent one year as a research associate in the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations at Harvard University. Her research and teaching interests include the politics and political economy of East Asia, with a focus on Japan. Her current book project explores the political economy of Japanese agriculture and the politics of agricultural policy reform in comparative perspective.


Director Paul Haenle

Thursday, February 9
10:00 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.
ICC 700, Executive Conference Room

Paul Haenle is the director of the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center based at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. In addition to running the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center, Haenle is also an adjunct professor at Tsinghua, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate-level courses to Chinese and international students on international relations and global governance.

Prior to Carnegie, he served from June 2007 to June 2009 as the director for China, Taiwan, and Mongolian Affairs on the National Security Council staffs of former president George W. Bush and President Barack Obama. From June 2007 to January 2009, Haenle also played a key role as the White House representative to the U.S. negotiating team at the six-party-talks nuclear negotiations. From May 2004 to June 2007, he served as the executive assistant to the U.S. national security adviser.

Dr. Stephan Haggard

Friday, February 10
12:30 P.M. - 2:00 P.M.
ICC 270 - ACMCU Conference Room

Stephan Haggard is the Lawrence and Sallye Krause Professor of Korea-Pacific Studies, director of the Korea-Pacific Program, and distinguished professor of political science at the School. He is a go-to expert on current developments in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly the Korean peninsula, and on the politics of economic reform and globalization.

Haggard has written extensively on the political economy of North Korea with Marcus Noland, including “Famine in North Korea: Markets, Aid, and Reform” (2007) and “Witness to Transformation: Refugee Insights into North Korea” (2011) and co-authors the "North Korea: Witness to Transformation" blog at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. Haggard is the current editor of the Journal of East Asian Studies and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.